The new National Minimum Wage rates came into effect on Saturday 1st October 2016.

Hourly rates by age of worker are now as follows, with the increase from the last year in brackets:

  • Apprentice £3.40 (+10p)
  • Under 18 £4.00 (+13p)
  • 18 to 20 £5.55 (+25p)
  • 20 to 24 £6.95 (+25p)

The national living wage, paid to workers aged 25+, remains at £7.20 per hour and will increase in April 2017.

The apprentice rate applies to all apprentices aged under 19 and those aged over 19 who are in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are both over the age of 19 and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.

Further information on the National Minimum Wage can be found at


New National Minimum Wage Rates Now in Effect